Dr. Abdulla Galadari
Dr. abdulla galadari Associate Professor General Education Unit

Contact Information
abdulla.galadari@ku.ac.ae +971 (2) 312 3333


Abdulla Galadari is insane, but does not suffer from insanity. He never worked a single day of his life, because everything he does is a passion. He enjoys inspiring people to look at horizons they previously were reluctant to glimpse.

Abdulla had different past incarnations before settling in his present one. His previous academic and professional training was fully emerged in engineering, sciences, and mathematics culminating with a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He worked simultaneously in the industry and in academia. Yet, he still delved into the humanities, as well, culminating with a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Aberdeen.

Abdulla publishes academic books and articles in various venues. He is also the convener of the Qur’an and Islamic Tradition in Comparative Perspective Unit of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is invited to give lectures at various universities around the world, such as Harvard University, NYU, the University of Toronto, the University of Notre Dame, and others.

What drives humanity is curiosity, and Abdulla takes that into heart. He is always fascinated by the big questions of life. His main field of inquiry is Qur’anic Studies, especially in relationship to its Late Antiquity context with its Biblical, extra-biblical, and rabbinic engagements, as well as comparative theology and Christology. Because his background is well-versed in both science and religion, they allow him to have a unique perspective in understanding religion not only from the historical perspective, but also from the scientific perspective.

Abdulla is also highly engaged with interfaith dialogue continuously participating in the Parliament of the World’s Religions. He is a licensed mediator and always uses his skills to mediate between various religions, as well as between science and religion.

  • Ph.D., University of Aberdeen
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado
  • M.Sc., University of Colorado
  • M.Eng., University of Colorado
  • B.Sc., University of Colorado
  • B.Sc., University of Colorado

  • Introduction to Islamic Law (HUMA210)
  • Islam and Modernity (HUMA211)
  • Islam and the Discourse of the Enlightenment (HUMA211)
  • Islamic Culture (HUMA102)
  • Islamic History (HUMA111)
  • Sciences in Islam (HUMA112)
  • Sufism in Islam (HUMA265)
  • World Religions (HUMA215)


Research Interests
  • Qur'anic Studies
  • Comparative Religion
  • Comparative Theology
  • Biblical Studies
  • Rabbinic Studies